Congratulations to UW Biology senior Mackenzie Coston, who won 1st prize in the undergraduate poster competition at the Northwest Developmental Biology Meeting. Additional information about Mackenzie’s research and the award: “My research has been focused on the impact of the Na+/H+ antiporter in asymmetric division of Drosophila neural stem cells. We had previously found that drug treatment resulted in a decrease of…
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The American Association for Cancer Research, or AACR, today announced its 22 newly elected class of Fellows of the AACR Academy. Among them are two scientists from Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center: Dr. Fred Appelbaum, executive vice president and deputy director of the Hutch; and Dr. Philip Greenberg, head of the Program in Immunology. “The 2019 class of elected Fellows encompasses 22 giants…
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Dr. Holly Harris Receives 2 Grants to Research Endometriosis

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center epidemiologist Dr. Holly Harris was just awarded two grants to study endometriosis, an often painful disorder in which the tissue that lines the inside of the uterus — the endometrium — grows outside the uterus. The condition impacts about 10 percent of U.S. women of childbearing age. The first grant, issued by the National Institute of Nursing…
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Dr. Heather J. Wright, a postdoctoral research fellow in the Hingorani Lab at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, has received a prestigious three-year training fellowship from the National Institutes of Health to study the mechanisms of pancreatic cancer spread, or metastasis, to distant organs. The NIH established the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship, otherwise known as an…
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Eight researchers at the University of Washington have been named Washington Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellows, according to an announcement Feb. 28 by the Washington Research Foundation. This is the second year for the WRF’s program supporting postdoctoral researchers. An external committee from academia and industry chose the Fellows from a pool of candidates to conduct original research, primarily in the life sciences, at Washington state research…
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Dr. Adam Dingens, a postdoctoral HIV researcher at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, is among 13 recipients of the institution’s 2019 Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement in graduate studies in the biological sciences. Nominations for this prestigious award are solicited internationally. This year’s 13 awardees come from academic institutions around the United States, including Johns Hopkins…
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Dr. Veena Shankaran named 2019 Leader in Health Care

Dr. Veena Shankaran of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center was honored Thursday with a Gold Award for Achievement in Medical Research at Seattle Business magazine’s 2019 Leaders in Health Care Awards banquet at the Embassy Suites by Hilton in Seattle. Shankaran is co-director of the Hutchinson Institute for Cancer Outcomes Research, or HICOR, and an oncologist who treats patients with gastrointestinal cancers. She is…
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Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center has announced the 2019 recipients of the annual Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement in graduate studies in the biological sciences. Nominations for this prestigious award are solicited internationally. This year’s 13 awardees come from academic institutions around the United States, including Johns Hopkins University, Harvard Medical School, Indiana University, Stanford University and…
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A 2019 Sloan Research Fellowship will help support investigations by early-career scientist Kelley Harris on how modern human genomes evolved and diversified.  She joined the UW School of Medicine faculty last year. Harris is studying the recent evolutionary history of humans and other species through the lens of population genetic theory and advances in DNA sequence analysis. Harris opened her UW Medicine lab in 2018…
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Two Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center postdoctoral fellows have been named Damon Runyon-Dale F. Frey Breakthrough Scientists. Drs. Alistair Russell and Tera Levin first received funding from the Damon Runyon Foundation in 2015. Now, they’re among six fellows who merited further funding after they “greatly exceeded Damon Runyon’s highest expectations and are most likely to make paradigm-shifting breakthroughs that transform the way we prevent,…
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